Ont. reports 927 new COVID-19 cases and 6 more deaths; highest case count since early Sept.
Published Friday, November 26, 2021 10:07AM EST
Last Updated Friday, November 26, 2021 10:07AM EST
Ontario reported over 900 new COVID-19 cases and six more deaths on Friday, the highest single-day case count in nearly three months.
The province logged 927 new infections today, up from 748 yesterday and from 793 a week ago.
Today marks the highest daily tally since Sept. 4 when 944 cases were logged.
The gradual rise in cases over the past month continues to push the seven-day rolling average up.
The average hit 711 today, a number not seen since Sept. 20, and a notable increase from 625 a week ago.
Among the latest COVID-19 cases, 467 of the individuals are unvaccinated, 27 have received only one dose, 378 are fully vaccinated and 55 have an unknown vaccination status.
To date, 89 per cent of Ontarians 12 years and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and over 86 per cent have received two doses and are considered fully vaccinated.
This week, health officials began administering shots to children between five and 11 years old after Health Canada approved Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine last week.
Yesterday, Ontario’s top doctor said it’s too early to consider applying the province’s vaccine certificate system to children aged 11 and under.
The program came into effect across the province in September and requires patrons 12 years and older to show their vaccine certificate at restaurants, gyms, sporting venues and other indoor spaces to prove that they are fully vaccinated against the virus.
Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious diseases specialist at Toronto General Hospital, said it’s reasonable not to apply the certificate system to the province’s youngest residents right now.
“We know some parents are jumping in with two feet and might get their kids vaccinated. But others still have hesitations and questions, and that's reasonable, it might take some time,” he told CP24 on Friday.
“Listen, I think at some point in time that might be revisited and I don't know at what point in time that is, but at least for the 2021, and probably much of the 2022 calendar year, I think that's a very reasonable statement,” he added.
Another 666 people recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours, resulting in 5,807 active cases across the province.
The Ministry of Health said five of the deaths reported today occurred in the last month and the other death occurred more than one month ago.
Of the latest deaths, one individual was between 40 and 59 years old, three were between 60 and 79 and two were 80 and over.
One of the individuals who died with the virus was a long-term care home resident.
The province’s virus-related death toll stands at 9,991.
Provincial health officials said 33,901 tests were processed in Ontario labs yesterday, producing a positivity rate of three per cent, up from 2.6 per cent a week ago.
In the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto logged 129 new cases, while 54 infections were reported in Peel Region, 52 in York Region, 41 in Durham and 33 in Halton.
Elsewhere in the province, 73 infections were reported in Simcoe Muskoka, 62 in Windsor-Essex and 53 in Ottawa.
The ministry said 268 people with the virus are currently in Ontario hospitals and 140 are in intensive care units.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said 130 of the ICU patients are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 10 are fully vaccinated.
To date, there have been 615,197 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases and 599,399 recoveries in Ontario since Jan. 2020.
The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.